CAK 2023 Annual Conference
June 13 - 15, 2023  ·  Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream

Each year, hundreds of Community Action Agency team members, volunteers, program partners and key supporters from across Kentucky convene for Community Action Kentucky’s Annual Conference. Community Action Kentucky’s Annual Conference seeks to inform, engage and inspire those that implement and deliver life-changing programs and services that impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians every year.

This project is funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Community Services Block Grant Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Conference Tracks

June 13: Pre-Conference 

WX Day

Poverty Simulation

June 14-15: Conference 

Executive Directors/Leadership Team

Program Managers

Front Line Staff/Case Managers


Specialized Tracks:

Head Start: June 14

Aging and Transportation: June 15

 Sessions schedule available below.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here  to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. To register for a sponsorship, click register.

Policies and Code of Conduct
Submission of registration implies all conference attendees commitment to adhere to COVID-19 Code of Conduct, COVID-19 Release of Liability and Waiver, and the CAK Event Code of Conduct. To view the policies, please click on the links below.

CAK Event Code of Conduct

COVID-19 Code of Conduct

COVID-19 Release of Liability and Waiver

The CAK Annual Conference will not require proof of a negative COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination, and/or quarantine upon arrival. These protocols may be updated, if relevant guidance provided by the CDC, Lexington local authorities, Kentucky state authorities changes. Participants will stay home if they feel sick.

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CEDA will present a full day of WX sessions, including Multi-Family, Procurement Analysis, and Organizational Development.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Included with Registration. Poverty Simulation Attendees lunch at 11am. WX Lunch Attendees at Noon.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registrants now limited to resource roles. During the simulation, participants will role-play the experience of low-income families’ lives or a community resource. Registration & lunch at 11. Must register to attend. Limit 120 participants,
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Featured Speakers: CHFS Secretary Friedlander and Devine Carama
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab a cup of coffee on your way to breakout sessions.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Attendees can drop in, if they have questions, ideas or want to talk about CASTiNET.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building relationships with community partners to achieve a common goal while giving low-income individuals in the community better access to healthy foods, and other educational and community services.
The Evolving Threat Landscape – How secure is your organization?
Science Process Skills is an early-childhood professional development workshop that introduces and demonstrates the six skills that children develop when engaging with science materials and experiences.
Good service establishes trust that begins with your own self-leadership and the way you lead and serve those around you. This session will equip you with the keys to providing the best service and getting clients to remain calm and happy.
Enhance your strategic leadership skills as an executive.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join us for a buffet lunch and silent auction. Included with Registration.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Lexington Police Neighborhood Resources Offices will share about their partnership with Community Action Council. This session will share ideas for how your agency could develop a similar partnership with your local first responders.
The Evolving Threat Landscape – How secure is your organization?
Define the concept of workplace belonging; discuss the importance of creating a sense of belonging and its impact on the workplace.
Underenrollment has been a longstanding problem for Head Start/Early Head Start programs. Underenrollment has been exacerbated by unprecedented challenges facing programs seeking to fully staff their programs with quality teachers (in particular).
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Explore leadership strategies specifically for nonprofit program managers.
Explore FREE early childhood resources from KET! In this session you will find resources to support children as they learn about the world around them through science, math, art and more.
Despite the appearance of similarity, not all IT vendors offer the same level of service or even the same types of service. If you are responsible for leading IT procurement within your organization, this session will help you.
Attendees will leave with ideas, strategies and tools to better their own CAP programs by identifying the critical components related to successful corporate governance, efficient use of management and staff.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Go over new features, tips & tricks to get you started on the right foot for the new program year.
Emotional Management Overview for Children and Families
Review and craft employee retention strategies that fit your organization. Understand what is required to build and support an engagement culture that positively impacts employee retention.
Overview of Mental Health First Aid, including tools, data, and bringing to your community.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Transportation provided by Community Action Council.
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
- Charisse Johnson, Director, Division of Community Assistance (DCA), Office of Community Services - Maribeth Schneber-Rhemrev: Updates from the National Community Action Partnership, including CCAP.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab a cup of coffee on your way to breakout sessions.
We will discuss CAK Disaster Case Management Manual and what FEMA typically looks for in an audit.
Hear from HUD about their resources and how CAAs can partner to benefit their communities.
This session will equip you with the tools you need to effectively lead any team in any context.
Presentation on the OAA Nutrition program and upcoming changes to the nutrition requirements.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join us for lunch and the announcement of 2023 Awards and Raffle Winners. Included with Registration
Dive deep into the world of AI and its multifaceted impact on our society. This aims to demystify AI, shedding light on its potential benefits and challenges, and providing you with a better understanding of how AI can be harnessed for positive change.
Hear from Pam Shepherd, KPTA President and CEO of FTSB.
Learn about the role and purpose of Office of Constituent Services within the Governor's Office. Opportunity to meet and greet with a referral partner!
2 Part Session will cover finding funders, assessing opportunities, application components, and starting implementation.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Opportunity for CAA Transportation Staff to brainstorm hiring and retention strategies. Session will be facilitated by Mandy Lambert
This session will focus on all components of case management and client files, based off of a paper file.
MFA, Security to consider for Cyber insurance needs, passwords, manage your IT, travel / Wi-Fi, and more.
2 Part Session will cover finding funders, assessing opportunities, application components, and starting implementation.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This session will focus on all components of case management and client files, based off of a paper file.
This session will introduce participants to the Change Management framework as a tool for bringing intentionality to change initiatives.
Learn about Audubon’s innovative way to deliver safety programs for transportation staff and get everyone on the same page. Session will cover how the program works, the topics developed, and show an example.
What to look out for, be aware of – training for your people
When working with senior populations, we can use a sociological lens to help us foster greater inclusion, create meaningful connections, and engage in respectful communications.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Opportunity to network and enjoy light refreshments. Special Temporary Alcoholic Beverage Auction License application will be submitted.

Vickie Johnson

Vickie Johnson, GPC brings more than 13 years experience in the nonprofit sector to her current roles as Grant Writer for an educational organization and a Consultant. She has helped organizations secure more than $13.5 million in competitive grants.

Cynthia Ganota

Dr. Cynthia Ganote is a consultant, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and coach for organizations across the U.S. that want to increase inclusion, connection, and communication.

Eric Del Valle

46Solutions has the experience and expertise to help small to medium-sized businesses and households in Kentucky achieve their IT or home media objectives.

Jonas Cooper

Early Childhood Mental Health is the name - advancing healthy lifetime outcomes is the game.

Laura Sheffield

Laura Sheffield MS, RDN, LD, CCAP has worked at Community Action Council-Lexington, KY in the Head Start program for over 8 years. Laura is the lead in Health and Nutrition for the Agency.

Roger McCann

AI Prompt Engineer

Reta Underwood

Reta A. Underwood (C-NM, RAC-CT, Medicare Specialist), is president of Consultants for Long Term Care, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky.

Amanda Stoess

Discuss the Older American's Act Title IIIC Nutrition Program.

Rocky Cabagnot

Licensed Attorney (Active and In Good Standing in North Carolina and Florida) with over fifteen years of practice representing nonprofit public charities, affordable housing developers, and community organizations

Dr. Asa James Swan

Dr. Asa James Swan is the founder and CEO of GREAT Leaders, a dynamic leadership-focused organization dedicated to creating gritty, relational, equipped, authentic, and transformational (GREAT) leaders through coaching, training, and consulting.

Devine Carama

Emmy Award Winning MC, Director of One Lexington in Mayor Gorton’s administration, Founder of Kingtucky LLC & Believing In Forever Inc., & Youth Speaker

Marcie Timmerman

Marcie Timmerman is the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. MHA Kentucky provides mental health education, online screenings, and advocacy across the commonwealth.

Charisse Johnson

Charisse Johnson is the Director of the Division of Community Assistance, which administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

Jason Simon

I am the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC.) I help lead a multi-state educational initiative with over 70 educational and industry partners.

Brian Houp

Brian Houp is a leadership development coach for executives.

Michelle Wyrick

Michelle Wyrick is a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

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46Solutions has the experience and expertise to help small to medium-sized businesses and households in Kentucky achieve their IT or home media objectives.

Advanced Business Solutions

ABS is a full-service IT company dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience. ABS supports businesses with day-to-day and strategic long-term technology solutions through Managed Services, Project Division, and Cybersecurity teams.

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center is a museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic train station, and includes the Cincinnati History Museum, the Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater.


The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) is dedicated to serving all Kentucky counties by providing the highest quality programs and services and advocating for counties legislatively both today and tomorrow.

KET Education

An essential element for improving education, workforce and life for Kentuckians is focusing on early learning. With a variety of resources for children, families and educators, KET helps prepare our youngest citizens to transition to kindergarten.

MIP Fund Accounting

True fund accounting that provides complete financial oversight and informed decision making for nonprofit, governmental and educational organizations. Core Accounting, Budgeting, Grant Tracking and Reporting, Reporting, Procurement, Payroll, HRMS & more.

Mutual of America

Since 1945, Mutual of America has specialized in providing small and mid-sized not-for-profit organizations and companies with pension- and retirement-related services, along with leading customer support.

Purple Ink

Purple Ink is a full-service HR consulting firm with a mission to inspire JoyPowered® work. No matter what your needs are, we listen to you and tailor our solutions to you. What we won’t change? Our positive approach.

ReZone Coaching

Brian Houp and ReZone Coaching provide leadership development coaching for executives. Services include 1:1 executive coaching, customized small group workshops and targeted leadership development cohorts.

RFX Technologies

Founded in 2001, RFX Technologies is a technology consulting firm with the resources on staff to support all our clients’ networking, software development and IT consulting needs.

Rhinox Research Group

Black-owned veteran-owned academy. RRG provides a safe, comfortable, and professional environment for firearm training, defense education, and force protection.


Reducing the synergistic risks of radon and tobacco smoke exposure.

UnitedHealthcare Government Programs

UnitedHealthcare serves Kentucky residents with Medicare and/or Medicaid. Some plans offer up to $150/month in food and utilities to qualified members.

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